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D.C. Board Of Elections Says No To Same-Sex Marriage Ballot Measure

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By Jonathan Wilson

The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics has decided not to let voters decide on a same-sex marriage ban.

Opponents of same-sex marriage, called the Stand 4 Marriage D.C. Coalition, wanted to put a same-sex marriage ban on the ballot in the District.

But the city's elections board says putting the measure to a vote would violate the city's Human Rights Act. "Voting on something, a human rights issue, is not something that can be on a ballot in the District of Columbia," says Ken McGhie the Board of Election's General Counsel.

Pastor Derek McCoy with the Stand 4 Marriage DC Coalition says the decision is part of a concerted effort by city leaders to make sure local residents are silenced on the issue of same-sex marriage.

"We see that this is not one of those issues that the city council is being reflective of its constituents in any means, or that the board of elections is even thinking about the citizens of the District of Columbia," says McCoy.

The coalition has ten days to file an appeal with the D.C. Superior Court.

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